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By choosing different kinds of onions you can get a spring meadow that blooms from February to May.

By choosing different kinds of onions you can get a spring meadow that blooms from February to May.

DIY Flower Bed

Turn part of your lawn into a flowering spring meadow. It's easier than you think and adds a beautiful touch!

Spread the bulbs over the surface. They can be close together but should not touch. Large bulbs must be dug down while the small ones should be spread on top of the grounded soil.

Spread the bulbs over the surface. They can be close together but should not touch. Large bulbs must be dug down while the small ones should be spread on top of the grounded soil.

In May, the meadow reaches its peak. A lot of the smaller bulbs still bloom while Narcissi and Tulips bud out. Hyacinths, King Bed Lilies, Balkan Anemone and Pearl Hyacinths can also be seen sprouting from the ground.

In May, the meadow reaches its peak. A lot of the smaller bulbs still bloom while Narcissi and Tulips bud out. Hyacinths, King Bed Lilies, Balkan Anemone and Pearl Hyacinths can also be seen sprouting from the ground.

Mark the spot for the flower bed with a sharp spade. Then divide the area into boxes.

Mark the spot for the flower bed with a sharp spade. Then divide the area into boxes.

The bulbs of Narcissus, Tulips and Crocus are usually planted between bushes or in existing beds. But it works just as well to put them on your lawn.

Choose a place where the lawn is not so dense, so the flowers sprout more easily. However, an older, firmer lawn will do surprisingly well. The location should ideally be half-shaded, but direct sunlight also works, although this results in a shortened flowering period.

Mark with a spade where you intend to dig. Make the “boxes” as wide as the spade blade. Then lift off each turf slab and put them in ordered rows (they will be replaced later!). Till the open earth and mix it smooth, making it lighter.

“Flowers generally bloom faster in bright sunshine”

Now we plant the bulbs. Sometimes you can find ready-made earth mixes specifically for flower beds, or otherwise you can mix the earth yourself. The final color scheme of the meadow will be of whites and light yellows. Larger bulbs need to be dug down, while smaller ones such as Crocus and Pearl Hyacinths can simply be laid on top of the soil.

Replace the turf slabs and step back and forth over the surface several times to firmly press them into the ground. It is important that the grassroots are in contact with the soil. Water if you notice any dryness. Then, simply wait for spring. Already in February-March, the first Snowdrops and Crocuses will be on their way up, and then the rest will follow suit well into May!

Tip! When the meadow has fully bloomed, let the grass grow up and the flowers wither undisturbed. A few weeks after midsummer most of the leaves will usually have yellowed and will be easy to pull up. Then you can start mowing the lawn!

The Crocuses are among the first to open up to the spring sun.

The Crocuses are among the first to open up to the spring sun.

Narcissus are often long-lived and multiply after a few years.

Narcissus are often long-lived and multiply after a few years.

Balkan Anemone looks almost like a Hepatica and blooms a long time.

Balkan Anemone looks almost like a Hepatica and blooms a long time.

One of the most popular white tulips is Spring Green. A real highlight in your flower bed!

One of the most popular white tulips is Spring Green. A real highlight in your flower bed!

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Eva Robild är frilansjournalist och författare från Höganäs. Jag arbetar i huvudsak som författare. Bland mina böcker kan nämnas Odla i pallkrage, När själen får grönska, Chili - 222 sorter att odla och äta, Odla med barnbarn och Julrosor - vackra och lättodlade. Sedan 2011 är jag redaktör för tv-programmet Trädgårdstider på SVT.
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